Here are some interesting facts about polycystic ovary syndrome:
1- Women with PCOS have higher rates of anxiety and depression.
2-5-10% of women of childbearing age in the United States, or roughly 5 million, have
3- PCOS affects 4% to 8% of women worldwide and as high as 25% in some populations, making it the most common hormone problem for women.
4- Less than 50 percent of women are properly diagnosed, leaving millions of women living with symptoms that go unsupported.
5- Elevated insulin or insulin resistance are not part of the diagnostic criteria for PCOS but are seen in the majority of women with this disease.
6- The diagnostic criteria for PCOS is not helpful. It states that a woman has PCOS if she has at least two of the following three criteria: 1) irregular or absent periods, 2) blood tests or physical signs that show high androgens (male hormones), 3) polycystic ovaries, so this leaves many women without support.
7- Signs of hormonal imbalance are more important for PCOS such as: hair growth on the face, hair loss, acne, weight gain, irregular cycles, PMS, hot flashes, brain fog, bloating, etc.
8-Women with this disease are at a higher risk of developing obstructive sleep apnea due to the influence of androgens affecting sleep receptors in the brain.
9- Despite its name, not all women with PCOS actually have cysts on their ovaries.
10- Women with this disease have more testosterone and can build muscle easier than women without the syndrome.
11- The prevalence of type 2 diabetes in women with this disease at middle age is 6.8 times higher than that of the general female population.
12- A number of studies demonstrate that modest weight loss of 5-10% of initial body weight improves metabolic, physiological and psychological aspects of PCOS.
13- .Women with this disease have a higher incidence of gestational diabetes, miscarriages, preterm deliveries, and stillbirths.
14- As many as 70% of women with PCOS have insulin resistance and 10% have type 2 diabetes.
15- More than 50 percent of women with this disease will have diabetes or pre-diabetes before the age of 40.
16- The risk of heart attack is four to seven times higher and women with PCOS are also three times more likely to develop endometrial cancer than those without it.
17- Symptoms of this disease are completely treatable and can completely resolve themselves with the right approach.
18- Science shows that it takes a 5-element process to heal from the symptoms: 1) the right nutrients to support healthy hormone and blood sugar levels, 2) using food as medicine, 3) using movement as medicine, 4) having an awareness around cravings and what to do about them, and 5) a support community.
19- Over-exercising and counting calories can make PCOS symptoms much worse.
20- Healthy fats do not raise insulin so are a great food source for women with this disease.